Notes by Autumn Light

On Hebrew, English, translation, editing, and more—by Jonathan Orr-Stav

Is the Hebrew word Shamayim (Heavens) male or female?

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“I want to name my daughter after ‘heavens’ in ancient Hebrew”

As others have pointed out, the word shamayim is masculine plural.

But as an alternative to Amir Aharoni’s suggestion of Eden, might I suggest the word raqia (רקיע—pronounced rah-KEE-ah), which is a true synonym for shamayim in the sense of “sky”.

You could also spell it Rakia, but the q is a more accurate transliteration of the Hebrew letter quf, and would make people less likely to pronounce the name RAH-kia.

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Author: יונתן אור-סתיו | Jonathan Orr-Stav

Hebrew-English translator, editor, author. מתרגם עברית–אנגלית, עורך באנגלית, וסופר.

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